Veggie Truckin'

Bay Area Food Trucks from a Vegetarian Perspective

The Big List of Trucks February 15, 2012

Filed under: food trucks — Laura @ 10:23 pm

Now that I’ve eaten at over 150 mobile vendors (trucks, carts, and booths at street food festivals), I figured it was time to make a comprehensive list of all the food trucks where I’ve eaten. I’ve broken them down into location and then put them into alphabetical order. I’ve also included a link for each vendor if possible, although there were a few that couldn’t be found anywhere on the internet. If you’d like details about any particular vendor, let me know!

Local Trucks:

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3-Sum Eats
An the Go
Arabian Bites
Armadillo Willy’s
Azalina’s
Baba Kabob
Babaloo
Banjara Bistro
Bao and Bowl
BBQ Kalbi
Ben and Jerry’s Truck
Bi-Rite Creamery
Blast Off!
Boffo Cart
Brittany Crepes and Galettes
The Butterscotch Girl
Butterscotch on the Go
Cabana Dave’s
The Chairman Truck
Cheese Gone Wild
ChowBow
Chutney Mary’s
Conklin’s Catering
The Creme Brulee Cart
The Cupcake Lady
Curry Up Now
The Dough Truck
Ebbett’s Good to Go
Eat Curbside
Eat on Monday
Eire Trea
El Buen Comer
El Norteno
El Porteno
El Taco de Oro
El Tonayense
Estrellita’s Snacks
Fairycakes
Fogcutter
Forbitten City
Gold Rush Eatery
Gorditas Universales
Gourmet Rockstars
Gow Chow
Grandma Catherine’s Homemade Foods
Grillaz Gone Wild
Grilled Cheese Bandits
The Grilled Cheese Guy
Grill Stars
Hapa Ramen
Hapa SF
Hella Vegan Eats
Hill Country BBQ
Hiyaaa!
House of Siam on Wheels
Iz It
Jo’ on the Go
Kaati Fresh
Kara’s Cupcakes
Koja Kitchen
Kung Fu Tacos
La Luna Cupcakes
La Victoria Bakery
Le Truc
Liba Falafel
Lick Pops
Little Green Cyclo
LoCal Comfort
Louisiana Territory
Love and Hummus
Mama’s Empanadas
Manna
Marite and Mi Cafecito
Mayo and Mustard
Melts My Heart
Mini Yums
MoBowl
MoGo BBQ
Mona’s Fruit
Munch India
Mustache Mike’s
The Nom Nom Truck
No Way Jose
Oaxacan Kitchen Mobile
Octopops
Oh Miso Hungry
O’mi Ninja
Onigilly
Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Puffs
Pie Fridays
Pizza Pimps
Pollo Fritto
Project Cupcake
Radio Africa Kitchen
Road Dogs
S+S Gastro Grub
Sancho’s Taqueria
Sanguchon
Saruno Burger
Say Cheez
Scoops SJ
Scream Sorbet
Senor Sisig
Seoul on Wheels
SF Delights
SF Soupmobile
Sift Cupcakes
SJ Sharkie’s Wine Truck
Soulnese
Southern Sandwich Co.
Speedy Panini
Spice Hut Gourmet
Spice It Up Cafe
Sugar Tree Sweets and Treats
Sunrise Deli
Sunshine Susan’s
Tac-Go’s
Tacos de Los Altos
Takoz Mod Mex
Tandoori Chicken USA Mobile
Taqueria Angelica’s
Tastee Bytes
That’s Sweet!
Thela
Tikka Bytes
Toasty Melts
Treatbot
Truckin’ Sweet
Tru Gourmet Dim Sum
Twisted chill
Twister Truck
Vesta Flatbread
Voodoo Van
Waffle Amore
We Sushi
Whisk on Wheels
The Wow Truck
Yummi BBQ

LA Trucks:

Baby’s Badass Burgers
Baja Express
Big Swirl
Buttermilk
Clean Street Food
Cool Haus
Crepe’n Around
Deano’s Deli Sandwiches
The Dim Sum Truck
Dogtown Dog
Dumpling Station
Flatiron
Frysmith
Get Shaved
Gourmet Genie
Greenz on Wheelz
The Grilled Cheese Truck
India Jones Chow Truck
Jody Maroni’s
Komodo
Lake Street Creamery
Lee’s Philly Gogi
Lomo Arigato
Palazzolo’s Gelato
Paradise Cookies
Rasta Taco
The Sweets Truck
Tortas 2 Die 4
White Rabbit
Yatta Truck

Chicago Trucks:

La Adelita
Meatyballs
The Southern Mac and Cheese Truck

Milwaukee Truck:

American Euros

There we have it! I’ll be adding to this list as I eat at more trucks and will have a link to it on the main page of Veggie Truckin’, so refer back whenever you’d like.

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The Final Countdown February 13, 2012

Filed under: food trucks — Laura @ 6:52 pm
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I am a changed woman, dear readers. If you follow my twitter account you probably already know: Saturday night I ate at my 100th food truck. However, before I can write about the 100th truck, I need to pick up where I left off with my 98th and 99th trucks.

I visited my 98th and 99th trucks on the same day at the same event. On January 28th, Kyle and I headed into the city to see a couple shows at Sf Sketchfest. We showed up a little earlier with food trucks on our minds and found ourselves at Off the Grid McCoppin. This was somehow my first Off the Grid, and I was long overdue. San Francisco is an hour away, but that’s no excuse for not attending one of these events sooner. The crowd was different than the south bay crowds I’m used to at food truck events; instead of families and people of all ages it seemed to be mostly twenty and thirty-somethings. There was also a speaker system set up playing The Shins. Needless to say, I felt right at home.

Off the Grid McCoppin, January 28th

The first truck I went to was El Norteno. They don’t seem to have much of an internet presence since their twitter doesn’t have any tweets since 2010, and their facebook is a member account instead of a page you can like.

The El Norteno menu

On their menu, I saw something called the “veggie plate” that had a reasonable price. I didn’t know what to expect from it but figured it would be vegetarian, so I took a gamble and ordered it.

Veggie plate from El Norteno

I was pleasantly surprised. The plate came with some tortillas which I used to eat up the beans, cheese, and some of the veggies. The rest of the veggies I ate as a salad. I especially enjoyed the olives. I found that I was mostly full once I had finished the entire plate, so I decided to just get dessert at my 99th truck, 3-Sum Eats.

The 3-Sum Eats menu

I decided to go with the chocolate whoopie pie with mint chocolate chip filling, and when I ordered it the friendly gentleman taking orders was ecstatic. He said they had hardly sold any of the whoopie pies that day, and he didn’t know why because they were delicious.

Chocolate whoopie pie from 3-Sum Eats

He did not lie. The whoopie pie was exactly as I expected, and the cookies that made the outside of the pie were the perfect consistency: moist but not so much that it falls apart. Kyle got his meal at this truck, their grilled cheese sandwich. It included eggplant, so I couldn’t take a bite, but he said it was also delicious.

Two weeks later, the 100th truck hit. I had already been planning on attending Rockage as a fan of live music, video games, beer, and food trucks. Then when they released their food truck schedule and I saw a San Francisco truck I had never been to, Kung Fu Tacos, would be there I knew the 100th truck had presented itself. Kung Fu tacos was scheduled to arrive at 6, and they were a little late. Between video games I kept routinely popping outside to see if the truck was there. I watched with excitement as I saw them pull up behind Treatbot.

Kung Fu Tacos pulls up behind Treatbot

It took them a little longer to prep, so I continued playing games and popping my head out occasionally until I saw they were open.

The Kung Fu Tacos truck, open for business!

Once they had opened, Kyle and I decided to order four of their vegetarian option, the mu shu vegetable tacos, two for each of us. When they came out we each poured on some sriracha.

Mu shu vegetable tacos from Kung Fu Tacos

Then I made sure I was in semi-decent lighting (for it being nighttime) and had Kyle take a photo of me taking a bite of food from my 100th food truck!

Eating food from my 100th food truck!

Kung Fu Tacos was the perfect 100th truck. Their tacos were full of veggies and flavor, and I don’t know if it was just the sriracha, but they had the perfect amount of spice. Appropriately, while we enjoyed our meal, someone sang a horrible karaoke version of “The Final Countdown” at Treatbot.

The rest is history. Worry not, I will continue eating and writing about the food I eat, but I doubt anything will be as monumental as reaching 100 trucks ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope to type up my list of the 100 trucks with links to each one in a future post, so stay tuned for that!

 

New Food From Old Favorites February 8, 2012

I’ve decided to take a break from my countdown to 100 trucks. I have visited my 98th and 99th trucks since my last post, but the 100th still looms in the future. Rather than spend one post writing about only two trucks, I’d like to play some catch up. I try to have themes in my posts, and as a result some of my visits to trucks fall through the cracks if they don’t fit a theme. I have a lot of photos of trucks on my phone, and they deserve some recognition! Many of the trucks I’ve written about I eat at on a regular basis, and I’m constantly trying new menu items from the trucks that offer multiple vegetarian options. This will be a photo-heavy post without a ton of words. Enjoy the food porn!

Apple walnut cake from Butterscotch on the Go

Paneer kathi roll from Curry Up Now

Fried pickles from Grill Stars

Mushrooms on a roll from Hiyaaa!

Rice box with tofu from Little Green Cyclo

Tofu tacos from Eat on Monday

Eat on Monday will make any of their meat tacos vegetarian by substituting the meat with tofu, so you have your choice of styles! They do the same with their burgers and veggie burgers, but I haven’t had the opportunity to try them yet. Kyle says they’re super tasty, so I look forward to trying them sometime soon!

Sweet potato fries from Sanguchon

Chocolate cupcake with caramel frosting, sprinkles, and cinnamon from Project Cupcake

Veggie gyoza roll and cucumber avocado roll from We Sushi

We Sushi recently updated their menu, and they added these two veg rolls to it and lowered the price of the veggie burrito I wrote about previously. I especially enjoyed the gyoza roll. I love gyoza, and it was my first time having it inside a sushi roll.

Sugar cookie and pecan cookie from Mini Yums

Tofu burrito from Mogo

MIlkshake cheesecake from Mogo

This isn’t the best photo because of the plastic wrap, but Mogo’s cheesecake is probably my favorite dessert from a non-dessert truck. They don’t always carry it, but I highly recommend grabbing a slice when they do have some!

Last night’s Edgewood Eats marked my one year anniversary of attending the event. It was cold and gloomy, and the turnout wasn’t as great as usual, but I still managed to fill my belly with yummy food, and there was a new truck that wasn’t a food truck; it was an art truck!

The Palo Alto Art Center truck

Quite a crowd of children ended up developing around the tables, and they all seemed to be enjoying making cupcakes out of clay. Definitely a fun idea for food truck events where there are a lot of families.

Once again, my boyfriend Kyle and I made a cameo on the latest Food Truck Nerd podcast. We had a round table discussion about food trucks in general, and I went into a lot of detail about what sorts of vegetarian options I like to see on food trucks. Food Truck Nerd’s podcast is now up on iTunes as well, so you can download it from the iTunes store and even subscribe!

Finally, Kyle has decided to start photographing our food truck experiences as often as possible (or as often as he remembers his camera). I guess he was getting sick of my less-than-stellar camera phone photos ๐Ÿ™‚ He started his quest when we went to Moveable Feast on Saturday, and he snapped quite a few good shots. You can find a photo of me receiving my ice cream from Treatbot as well as many more photos in this album. Once I figure out how to take his photos from flickr and put them on my blog, you can expect even better photography on Veggie Truckin’.

I hope this post tides you over until the big 100 hits!